Moms (And Families) Everywhere Are Sure To Enjoy Cheri Magill’s Latest LP

Courtesy: Red Shoe Records

Being a mother is a special experience for so many women.  From the most stressful moments to the most heartfelt, the lowest of lows and the highest of highs, mothers are there for their children and families.  So in return for all that mothers do and all that they are, singer-songwriter Cheri Magill will release a new tribute to mothers everywhere next week in the form of her new album Tour Guide.  It goes without saying that this 10-song record is a tribute that mothers everywhere will appreciate.  That is thanks in part to the accessibility of its lyrical themes.  This will be discussed shortly.  The varied musical arrangements presented in the songs play their own collectively important part to the record’s whole, and will be discussed later.  The record’s sequencing plays into its appeal by its target audiences, too.  That is because it is just as certain as the record’s musical and lyrical content to keep those audiences engaged and entertained.  When it is joined with that musical and lyrical content, the whole of those elements makes Tour Guide in whole, a work that will appeal not only to mothers, but to grandmothers as well.  Keeping this in mind, it goes without saying that Tour Guide is easily one of this year’s top new family albums.

Cheri Magill’s forthcoming album Tour Guide is a work that, in whole, is certain to appeal not only to mothers, but also to their mothers.  That is due in no small part to the accessibility of its varied lyrical themes.  From start to end, Magill touches on topics to which every mother can relate in the noted themes.  From the stresses of dealing with picky eaters and cleaning up after those adorable little ones in ‘Crazy’ to the emotional growth that a mother experiences as her child/children grow in ‘Brave’ to the love that a mother shows by trying to balance schedules and keep up with her kids in general in ‘Don’t Forget,’ and beyond, the themes presented throughout the album are wholly relatable to any mom.  For those who hope for that standard over-the-top emotional ballad, Magill has included that here in the form of ‘Unconditional,’ in which she sings about…well…a mother’s unconditional undying love for her children.  No doubt this one, with its overly saccharine sweet lyrics and musical arrangement, will leave not a dry eye in the house.  That and other arrangements included in the album will be discussed shortly.  Staying on the topic of those relatable lyrical themes, the reality of said themes and their ability to connect to mothers everywhere in itself forms a solid foundation for this record, making for a great starting point for its presentation.  The arrangements strengthen that foundation through their variety and through their impact on the songs themselves.

As noted already, the arrangement at the center of ‘Unconditionally’ is a gentle, saccharine sweet, piano-driven arrangement that makes the song quite the powerful composition.  Making a comparison here, it’s the kind of composition that will appeal to fans of Paula Cole and other similar singers.  It’s just one example of why the album’s arrangements are so important to the whole of Tour Guide.  For those wanting something a little more light-hearted, Magill offers the decidedly “poppy” ‘Lasso The Moon,’ which is certain to appeal to fans of Michelle Branch and other similar acts.  The arrangement that forms the foundation of ‘Crazy’ is a fun, light-hearted indie-pop style composition that is certain to put a smile on any listener’s face just through that arrangement.  Anyone that’s a fan of Maroon 5 and Andy Grammar will enjoy the equally light, airy arrangement at the center of ‘Better.’  As if all of that isn’t enough, the gentle, flowing piano-driven arrangement at the center of ‘Tour Guide’ conjures thoughts of a certain song from the soundtrack of Disney/Pixar’s Up.  Given, it’s not exactly the same, but there’s something in the two arrangements that invariably connects them.  That is meant in the best way possible.  The arrangement at the center of ‘Brave’ is one that will appeal just as easily to any mainstream pop fan, too, with its brooding keyboard and strings.  Between these arrangements and the others not directly noted here, it should be clear at this point just how important the album’s musical arrangements are to its whole.  They offer just as much variety and entertainment as the songs’ lyrical themes.  Keeping this in mind, the lyrical and musical elements of this album collectively go a long way toward making it a truly enjoyable musical gift for moms everywhere.  Even as much as they do for the album’s whole, they are not its only key elements.  The album’s sequence rounds out its most important elements.

The album’s sequencing is so critical to its enjoyment because without the thought and time put into the sequencing, the songs would still be enjoyable, but not as engaging.  Right from the album’s outset, listeners get an up-tempo arrangement in its title song.  The energy of that song continues on into ‘Lasso the Moon’ (on a side note, one can’t help but wonder if Magill was watching the classic James Stewart movie It’s A Wonderful Life when she developed that song’s title.  Getting back on the topic at hand, Magill pulls back, but only minimally as the album progresses into its third song, ‘You Are Here.’  This song, by the way, is certain to generate plenty of smiles, laughs and tears of joy through its flowing musical arrangement and vivid lyrical picture.  Things pick right back up after ‘You Are Here’ with the previously discussed arrangement in ‘Crazy.’  This light-hearted, bouncy arrangement is infectious to say the very least, and is certain in itself to keep listeners engaged.  As the album moves into ‘Brave,’ its mid-point, it moves into a much more dramatic sound and feel, which definitely changes things up and keeps the album interesting.  The energy gradually builds back from here over the course of the album’s next few entries – ‘Still,’ ‘Don’t You Forget’ and ‘Better.’  As the album moves through its last two songs, ‘Unconditionally’ and ‘Chopsticks Lulllaby,’ its energy again becomes reserved, finish off in very gentle fashion.  That gentle, flowing finale is a direct contrast to the energy in the album’s opening and first half in general.  Obviously, this was done intentionally.  It shows, once more, the time and thought put into the album’s sequencing for the utmost impact.  Taking this into consideration along with the time and thought put into the rest of the album’s sequencing, the whole of that element proves to do just as much for the album as the songs themselves.  When all three elements are joined together, they make Tour Guide a record a wonderful, moving musical trip for moms (and even families) everywhere.

Cheri Magill’s latest album Tour Guide is a wonderful musical trip for moms (and families) everywhere that is also without doubt one of this year’s top new family albums.  That is proven in part through its completely accessible lyrical themes.  Those themes are topics to which every mom (and even dad, believe it or not) can relate.  The diverse range of musical arrangements presented throughout the album do plenty to make this record enjoyable, too.  The obvious time and thought put into the album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to the album’s overall presentation.  Each element is, again, clearly important in its own way, as has been pointed out here.  All things considered, they make Tour Guide not only fun for the whole family, but in turn, one of this year’s top new family albums.  It will be available May 4 via Red Shoe Records.  More information on Tour Guide is available online now along with Magill’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Orgy Streaming Teaser Video For Upcoming Single; Announce New Album Is Coming

Courtesy: D1 Music, Pacific Rising Entertainment

Orgy is putting the finishing touches on its next album, and in anticipation, has released a teaser for the album’s first single.

The band released a teaser video Thursday for ‘Army To Your Party,’ the first single from its next album, tentatively titled #newmusic.  The teaser video is streaming online now here.  The single will feature a guest appearance by rapper Crichy Crich.  Orgy front man Jay Gordon explained in a recent interview that the song’s lyrical theme centers on those people who embody the old adage that misery loves company.

“Lyrically, ‘Army To Your Party’ wreaks havok on pointless cliques and Energy Vamps, as I often refer to them by,” Gordon said.  “Those are people who just have to rain on your parade and complain about everything just for the sake of complaining, yet offer nothing themselves.”

Pre-orders for ‘Army To Your Party’ are open now via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play here.  The single will be officially released May 11, and is part of an EP featuring three separate mixes of the song — a radio edit, instrumental and a cappella take of the song.  It will also be included in the band’s forthcoming album, whose release date has not yet been announced, and as part of the soundtrack for the MX vs. ATV video game

#newmusic will be released through a partnership of D1 Music and Pacific Rising Entertainment.  The latter is a company formed by longtime Orgy fan Adrian Stinson that aims to work with acts and artists at every level.

More information on ‘Army To Your Party’ is available online now along with all of Orgy’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.orgymusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OrgyMusic-177885225646095/

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Fates Warning Announces ‘Live Over Europe’ Release Date, Specs

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Fates Warning has a new live recording on the way.

The veteran progressive rock act announced Thursday that it will release its new live recording Live Over Europe on June 29 via InsideOut Music.  The 2-CD, 23-song recording culls performances from eight stops along Fates Warning’s run through Europe this past January in support of its latest album Theories of Flight — Aschaffenburg, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece; Rome and Milan, Italy; Budapest, Hungary and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The double-disc set, which spans the band’s 30 year-long life, was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Symphony X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.  It will be available as limited edition 2-CD deluxe mediabook, 3LP/2CD combo pack, and digitally.  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

Front man Ray Alder said in a recent interview that he was looking forward to the recording’s release.

“We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make Live Over Europe,” Alder said.  “We had a great time making this album, and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them!”

FATES WARNING  “Live Over Europe“

CD 1:
1. From the Rooftops
2. Life in Still Water
3. One
4. Pale Fire
5. Seven Stars
6. SOS
7. Pieces of Me
8. Firefly
9. The Light and Shade of Things
10. Wish
11. Another Perfect Day
12. Silent Cries
13. And Yet it Moves

CD 2:
1. Still Remains
2. Nothing Left to Say
3. Acquiescence
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. Point of View
6. Falling
7. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Pt. IX
8. Through Different Eyes
9. Monument
10. Eye to Eye

More information on Live Over Europe is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.fateswarning.com

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Galactic Empire Debuts Second Single From Forthcoming Album ‘Episode II’

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Galactic Empire is giving audiences another preview of its new album.

The band, today, premiered ‘Rey’s Theme.’  The song is the second single from the band’s sophomore album, aptly-titled Episode II, which is due out May 4 via Rise Records.  It follows the recent release of the album’s lead single ‘Scherzo For X-Wing.’

‘Rey’s Theme’ stylistically is very similar to the songs exhibited in Galactic Empire’s self-titled debut and to ‘Scherzo For X-Wing.’  It is a very progressive metal style arrangement that once again bears quite the similarity to works from Powerglove and other similar acts, yet also stays true to its source material.

Pre-orders for Episode II are open now. The album’s full track listing is noted below.  More information on Episode II is available now along with all of Galactic Empire’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.galacticempireofficial.com

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ESPN To Offer Extensive Coverage Of 2018 NFL Draft

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The 2018 NFL Draft is less than a week away, and ESPN will have extensive coverage of this year’s draft from beginning to end.

This year’s broadcast of the draft marks the 39th consecutive year that ESPN will cover the draft.  It all begins with dual coverage of Round 1 next Thursday, April 26 at 8 p.m. from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.  Trey Wingo will anchor ESPN’s broadcast of Round 1.  He will be joined by Draft Analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN NFL Front OFfice Insider Louis Riddick and ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit in his draft debut.

Also scheduled to appear throughout Round 1’s 32 picks are key contributors Todd McShay, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Suzy Kolber.

On ESPN2, Rece Davis will anchor College Football Primetime at the NFL Draft presented by Courtyard.  The broadcast is a college football themed presentation of Round 1.  Joining Davis for the broadcast will be College GameDay‘s Desmond Howard and David Pollack alongside ESPN college football analysts Joey Galloway and Booger McFarland.  Tom Rinaldi and Maria Taylor will also make appearances on the broadcast.

ESPN will also have reporters embedded with some of the teams throughout Round One.  Josina Anderson will be embedded with the Cleveland Browns while Diana Russini will be in the New York Giants’ camp.  Sal Paolantonio will be with the New York Jets while Jeff Darlington will be with the Buffalo Bills.

Rounds 2 and 3 will be simulcast April 27 on ESPN and ESPN2 while Rounds 4-7 will air April 28 on ABC and and ESPN.  Trey Wingo will anchor broadcast of Rounds 2 – 7.  He will be joined in each broadcast by Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

The full broadcast schedule for the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft is noted below.

ESPN Programming Originating from the NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas: 

Date

Time (ET)

Show

Network(s)

Thu, Apr 26

6 a.m.

Golic and Wingo

ESPN Radio, ESPNEWS*

3 p.m.

NFL Live Presented by Corona Extra

ESPN

5 p.m.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

ESPN

7 p.m.

NFL Draft Countdown presented by ZipRecruiter

ESPN

8 p.m.

2018 NFL Draft Presented by Courtyard

(Round 1)

ESPN, ESPN Radio

8 p.m.

College Football Primetime at The NFL Draft presented by Courtyard (Round 1)

ESPN2

8 p.m.

2018 NFL Draft (Round 1 in Spanish)

ESPN Deportes

Fri, Apr 27

6 a.m.

Golic and Wingo

ESPN Radio, ESPNEWS*

3 p.m.

NFL Live Presented by Corona Extra

ESPN

5 p.m.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

ESPN

6 p.m.

NFL Draft Countdown presented by ZipRecruiter

ESPN

7 p.m.

2018 NFL Draft Presented by Courtyard

(Rounds 2-3)

ESPN/ESPN2,

ESPN Radio

7 p.m.

2018 NFL Draft (Round 2 in Spanish)

ESPN App

Sat, Apr 28

12 p.m.

2018 NFL Draft Presented by Courtyard

(Rounds 4-7)

ESPN, ABC

*Golic and Wingo will also be simulcast on ESPN2 from 6-7 a.m. ET.

 

Along with coverage on television, ESPN will offer coverage online and on the radio for those who won’t be near a television during the draft.  Coverage will stream simulcast on the ESPN App.  Extra bonus content will also be available on ESPN+.

ESPN Radio will carry coverage of Round 1-3 starting April 26 at 7 p.m. ET and April 27 at 6 p.m. with Dari Nowkhah at the helm.  Nowkhah will be joined by Pro Football Hall of Famer and ESPN NFL Front Office Insider Bill Polian, reporter Ian Fitzsimmons and retied NFL star (and current ESPN new York 98.7  FM host) Chris Canty for additional commentary throughout.  Freddie Coleman will host post-draft coverage both nights at 11:30 p.m.

As if all of that coverage is not enough, ESPN Deportes will carry coverage of Round 1 while Round 2 will be available in Spanish via the ESPN App.  Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and Miguel Pascal will be on hand for the broadcasts.  They will be joined by Alba Galindo and Keneth Garay will have additional commentary along with reporter Carlos Nava who will report live from inside AT&T Stadium.

ESPN International will carry coverage of the draft in Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, The Pacific Islands, Canada (on TSN), and Africa (on Kwese).  All three days of the draft will air on ESPN International in Mexico and Central America, with the first two days being broadcast entirely in Spanish.

Only the first day of the draft will be carried in Spanish throughout South America, save for Brazil, where the first two days will be broadcast in Portugese. All three days will be broadcast live across the Caribbean and Pacific Rim.

All broadcasts will be simulcast online via broadband players in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands.  Viewers in the Caribbean and Spanish-speaking Latin America can stream the draft online via ESPN Play.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nfl

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NFLonESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

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UNC Student Making Waves With New Alicia Keys Cover, Video

Up-and-coming pop star Kara Eliza has made quite the name for herself over the course of her young life.  Having started singing at the tender age of 8, Eliza — who is currently studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and set to graduate next month — she started writing and recording her own songs by her teens, and has performed on both sides of the Atlantic, even performing with Broadway stars in Neil Berg’s ‘Night of 1,000 Stars.’

A professionally trained opera singer with a 3-4 octave range, the New York native has just released her video for her cover of Alicia Keys’ hit single ‘New York State of Mind.’  The video is streaming online now here.  It opens with two of New York City’s most iconic images — the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty — before moving to footage of Eliza performing Keys’ song solo in a quaint studio setting.

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Eliza’s piano-driven performance is complimented with an unseen string accompaniment and percussion backing as it progresses.  The video ends with one last aerial shot of New York City lit up at night as its final statement to highlight even more the song’s lyrical love letter to the city that never sleeps.

More information on Eliza’s new single and video is available online now along with all of her latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.karaelizamusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/karaelizamusic

 

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Strong Roots, Growth Make ‘Family Tree’ Another Successful Album From Black Stone Cherry

Courtesy: Mascot Records

The wait is officially over.  Black Stone Cherry’s new album, Family Tree is finally here, and it is another interesting offering from the Edmonton, Kentucky-based band, both musically and lyrically.  That is because on this, the band’s sixth full-length studio recording, the veteran Edmonton, KY-based band has returned to the blues rock sound that made it a household name throughout the better part of its life.  That should make those left uncomfortable by the band’s fifth album Kentucky (its Mascot Records debut) happy.  Of course that is not to discount Kentucky, as it was its own impressive effort especially being a risk by the band.  As a matter of fact, it was a nice change of pace from the band, and hopefully not the only chance that the band will ever take.  Getting back on the topic at hand, this album, even with its familiar musical and lyrical themes, takes its own risks that pay off in their own right.  ‘Carry Me On Down The Road’ is one of those risks.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘My Last Breath,’ another chance taken by the band this time out that pays off in its own right.  It will be discussed later.  It’s not the last of the risks taken this time out.  ‘James Brown,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another risk that pays off.  Between these songs and the album’s other more familiar works, the album in whole proves to have plenty for audiences to appreciate.  Keeping that in mind, Family Tree proves to be another solid, enjoyable effort from Black Stone Cherry.

Black Stone Cherry’s sixth full-length studio recording (its second album and third overall recording for Mascot Records) is another solid, enjoyable offering for the veteran southern rock outfit.  That is because for all of the familiarity that the album offers audiences, it also doesn’t fail to take its own risks once again, as is evidenced early on in ‘Carry Me On Down The Road.’  This song, lyrically, is its own familiar territory for audiences across the board.  It’s one of those songs about a rambler; someone who spends so much of his/her life on the road.  The thing with those songs is that they are so often overly sappy pieces thanks to their musical arrangements.  Black Stone Cherry didn’t go that route here.  Instead, the band opted for a more positive, light-hearted approach a la The Allman Brothers Band’s ‘Ramblin’ Man,’ only a little heavier.  That positive musical approach makes the song’s lyrical theme, which is itself quite similar to that song and so many others, that much more enjoyable.  That familiarity comes as front man Chris Robertson sings, “I was born for leaving/It’s just what I do/And my feet don’t sleep/’Cause they stay on the move/There’s no deceivin’/Ain’t no master plan/I’m a keep, keep keeping on/I’m a travelin’ man/Hold on/I got wheels that can’t be stopped/I gotta ramble, ramble on/Roll on/Peaceful feelin’ in my soul/Carry me on down that road.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Said listen people/I’ve got something to say/I’ve been around the world/It took 42 days/And I met 10,000/And I ran 10,000 miles/To be with ya’ll this evening…oh lord/I got wheels that can’t be stopped/I gotta ramble, ramble on/Oh lord, peaceful feelin’ in my soul/Carry me on down that road.”  Again, there is a lot of similarity here both lyrically and musically between this song and the noted Allman Brothers Band song.  The fact that this song uses the prior work as inspiration rather than blatantly ripping it off makes it plenty enjoyable.  That it opts for that more light-hearted approach instead of the sappier approach that it easily could have taken adds even more to its enjoyment.  Keeping all of this in mind, this upbeat blues rock opus about a traveling man, a ramblin’ man, proves to be its own enjoyable entry this time out.  It’s a risk because the band opted to go happy instead of sappy, and one that paid off because of that.  It’s just one of the risks that paid off in this album.  ‘My Last Breath’ is another risk that paid off for the band this time out.

‘My Last Breath’ comes immediately after ‘Carry Me On Down The Road’ in the album’s sequence.  Musically speaking, its arrangement is another ballad, which in itself is nothing new for Black Stone Cherry.  The band has included at least one ballad in each of its past five records.  What makes it stand out here is that, as with ‘Carry Me On Down The Road,’ is that while it does boast a certain emotional depth (thanks to its musical arrangement), that depth isn’t as over the top as in the band’s previous ballads.  It’s another nice change of pace even with its familiarity.  This song’s arrangement is centered on a gentle, flowing organ line that when coupled with Robertson’s vocal delivery conjures thoughts of Ben Harper (believe it or not).  That influence sticks throughout the course of the song.  The addition of the choral element to the song gives it a little gospel feel that only strengthens the song that much more.  Between those elements and the slight bluesy Derek Trucks Band influence that is also audible here, the song’s musical arrangement here makes this ballad a risk from the band that paid off in its own right.  Considering that the song pays homage to the subject’s loved ones – from a wife/gf to family in general — that controlled emotion here makes the risk taken all the more of a payoff.  It’s just one more of the risks that paid off here.  The funky blues rock arrangement of ‘James Brown’ is another risk that paid off.

The arrangement at the center of ‘James Brown’ is, as noted, a rock arrangement, but also boasts a certain funk influence in its whole, too.  It goes without saying that it’s instantly infectious, and in this critic’s ears, deserves to be one of this album’s singles.  Its lyrical content rests atop that musical content, proving even more the song’s strength.  Robertson sings in the song’s lead verse, “Good time to write a rhyme to reach ya/It’s a new procedure/Need a soul to preach to/give me a soul to preach to/Don’t want but you know I need it/’Cause I only feed instead of tryin’ to beat it/I end up defeated/Well lemme talk at ya/Hot damn, you know just like magic/So hip that it’s tragic/Heartbreaker/Got me a-ramblin’/Like I’ve been time travelin’/You got me just like James Brown.”  From here, he goes on to note that the woman being addressed here is “the 8th wonder” and he’s “the hunter”, basically excited over this woman.  It’s an interesting song that is heightened even more through that playful, funky arrangement.  When the two elements are joined together, they make this composition a work that was well worth the risk as they definitely stand out as another sign of the band’s growth.  Keeping that in mind, it’s just one more way in which Family Tree shows its strength and appeal, but hardly the last.  ‘Southern Fried Saturday Night’ stands easily on its own merits with its southern rock arrangement and fun-filled lyrical content paying homage to all things southern.  In all honesty, this song is just as much a fit on mainstream rock radio as on today’s modern country playlists.  On another level, the Joe Satriani-esque break included in the arrangement in ‘Bad Habit’ adds to its interest, as it’s another interesting change of pace that shows even more the band’s growth.  There’s even a real quick Peter Gunn style riff included about two-minutes into ‘Burnin’ along with a subtle 80s hair rock style riff that adds to its interest.  These elements, and so many more throughout the record go a long way, collectively, toward showing why Family Tree is another successful entry from Black Stone Cherry.  All things considered, they make Family Tree a record that will impress the band’s long-time fans just as much as its new audiences and deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock records.

It goes without saying after hearing Family Tree all the way through that it deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock records.  That is proven in the southern rock roots and new growth exhibited throughout the record’s 13-song, 52-minute run time.  That growth is exhibited just as much through ‘Carry Me On Down The Road,’ ‘My Last Breath’ and ‘James Brown’ as through ‘Bad Habit’ and ‘Burnin.’’  The band’s southern rock roots are clearly exhibited throughout the rest of the record.  The combination of that growth and connection to the past proves Family Tree to be another successful entry from start to finish, and in turn a record that will appeal to audiences across the board.  Family Tree is available now in stores and online.  More information on Family Tree is available online now along with all of Black Stone Cherry’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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